It’s Not Just a Game: Sports and Society in North Carolina

It’s Not Just a Game: Sports and Society in North Carolina

With its reputation as a “basketball state with a football problem,” sports remain a prominent aspect of life in the Tar Heel state. Generations of participants, spectators, fans and critics have debated its importance, and while some have found the state’s fascination with sports beneficial and admirable, others have deemed it wasteful and distracting. A closer look at which events and athletes various North Carolinians have embraced and/or rejected reveals a great deal about the way people have viewed themselves and their region. As such, this program will examine what sports and the men and women who play them have meant and continue to mean to the state, economically, culturally, politically, and socially. This program can be customized to the audience, offering a broad survey of North Carolina sports, or concentrating on single sports, individuals or events.

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